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New York Mayor Eric Adams Says Border Crisis ‘Will Destroy New York City’

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Eric Adams, the Democrat, former-Police Officer-turned-Mayor of New York City stood before the cameras and his constituents at a town hall meeting on Manhattan’s Upper West Side Wednesday and gave an explosive prediction that even conservatives are lauding: he said that the ongoing crisis of illegal immigration “will destroy New York City.”

According to Fox News, Adams addressing the crowd gave the dire prognosis after more than 110,000 illegal immigrants have flooded the city so far.

“Let me tell you something, New Yorkers,” the mayor began.

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“Never in my life have I had a problem that I did not see an ending to. I don’t see an ending to this. I don’t see an ending to this. This issue will destroy New York City.”

He repeated emphatically: “Destroy New York City.”

Adams continued, “We had a $12 billion deficit that we’re going to have to cut. Every service in this city is going to be impacted. All of us. It’s going to come to your neighborhoods. All of us are going to be impacted by this. I said it last year when we had 15,000. I’m telling you now with 110,000. The city we knew we’re about to lose. And we’re all in this together.”

2024 Republican Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy took a moment on X, formerly Twitter to praise Adams for giving his people, “the TRUTH,” about the crisis.

However, rather than continue on to assign the responsibility for the crisis to the policies of the Biden administration which have weakened the U.S.-Mexico border, crippled Customs and Border Enforcement, and invited a massive influx of illegal immigrants, Adams pivoted to blame Texas Governor Greg Abbott for the city’s woes.

“What happened? It started with a mad man down in Texas, decided he wanted to bus people up to New York City,” Adams told New Yorkers according to Fox News.

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“One hundred ten thousand migrants. We have to feed, clothe, house, educate the children, wash their laundry sheets, give them everything they need, health care. And this team here, we stated, let’s do everything possible before we have to push it out into neighborhoods and communities. Month after month, I stood up, and I said, ‘This is going to come to a neighborhood near you.’”

The mayor despite misplacing the blame for the issue, did call out a lack of support from the federal government and the Biden administration.”We’re getting no support on this national crisis,” he said, observing that many illegal immigrants are coming from Venezuela, Central America, Eastern Europe and even West Africa but are “coming through Mexico” in order to claim asylum.

“Now we are getting people from all over the globe have made their minds up that they’re going to come through the southern part of the border and come into New York City,” he explained. “And everyone is saying it’s New York City’s problem. Every community in this city is going to be impacted.”

In a press release the same day, the Mayor’s office announced the creation of a new Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Center (HERRC) in Long Island City as the number of illegal immigrants under the city’s watch has ballooned to over 60,000. “As asylum seekers have continued to arrive in New York City at an average rate of more than 2,400 every week, conditions on the ground required that the city transition the site to a large-scale congregate setting for single men,” Adams’ office said. “The humanitarian relief center will start by providing shelter for up to 330 single men, but, once expanded to full capacity, the site will host a total of almost 1,000 asylum seekers.”

This hasn’t always been Adams’ messaging however, he was harshly criticized in 2021 for a bold declaration “‘We should protect our immigrants.’ Period. Yes, New York City will remain a sanctuary city under an Adams administration.”

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